Silence, Solitude, Solidarity, Service
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.
The members of Contemplative Outreach of Greater Wichita, Kansas seek the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others. We offer and recommend prayer groups, retreats and events that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life.
Centering Prayer is based on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6): "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."
It is also inspired by writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton.
The method is taken from the 14th Century book, The Cloud of Unknowing
, written by an anonymous Carthusian monk.
Events, Retreats, Workshops
Encountering God's Word: An Introduction to Lectio Divina
Fri., Jan. 13--Sun., Jan. 15, 2017 -- Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, KS
Deepen your relationship with God by personally encountering his Word.
Lectio Divina is an ancient way of praying with Word of God used for more than 1,500 years by Benedictine monks throughout the world. Based on four movements or phases, those who pray in this way read, reflect, reverence and rest with God’s Word. Different then studying the Bible, Lectio Divina teaches us how to deepen our relationship with God through personal encounters with the Word! Our retreat master will be Fr. Ken Van Haverbeke.
Contact the Spiritual Life Center online, or by phone at 316-744-0167.
Resources: Learn the Prayer of Silence
Where to Pray
- Mondays, 9:30-11:00 am: Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, optional sharing and inspirational video at the Spiritual Life Center, 7100 E 45th St N, Bel Aire, KS. Contact the Center here, 316-744-0167, or contact Mary Seitz: 316-253-8296.
- Mondays, 12:00-1:00 pm: 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, enrichment and optional sharing time. Meets in the Agape Center in the Richert House at Bethel College, 300 27th St., North Newton. Agape is located on the south edge of the campus between Bethel College Mennonite Church and the Fine Arts Center. Contact Nathan Koontz, 620-662-9385.
- Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm: Centering Prayer, with two sits and a meditative walk in between, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 123 N. Andover Rd., Andover, KS. Meets in the Catacombs (basement stairs by main entrance). Contact Sharon Gash: 316-214-1971.
- 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm: Centering Prayer, sharing, and enrichment with a DVD by Fr. William Meninger or Fr. Thomas Keating, both from St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO. At The Wichita Center (Adorers of the Blood of Christ Convent), 1165 SW Blvd., Wichita. Contact Shirley Bessette: 316-806-4068.
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